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Martin Luther King Jr. Day

“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education.”

Martin Luther King Jr. 

Monday, January 17 is Martin Luther King Jr. Day and schools will be closed in observance of the life and legacy of this great Civil Rights leader. He worked tirelessly to end segregation and battled for racial equality in the United States. This will be the 27th anniversary of this federal holiday, which is celebrated each year on the third Monday of January. 


On this day all Americans are encouraged to volunteer to improve their communities. Dr. King said, “Everyone can be great, because everyone can serve.” We are proud to serve our Warrior Community here in Southern York County. Our schools have been preparing for MLK Day and we are excited to share some of the plans our staff and students have been putting together. 


Friendship Elementary has a library book display with numerous books on the life and achievements of Martin Luther King Jr. There is a Google Slides activity planned for third grade while Mrs. Chilcoat’s class will make their annual “Dream Quilt.” Friendship Elementary students will also discuss his qualities as a leader and person, read biographies and discuss their hopes and dreams for the future. 


Shrewsbury Elementary has many activities planned and will share the music videoKing Dream Chorus - King Holiday 1986.” This song was written and released in 1986, the same year Martin Luther King Jr Day became a national holiday.


At Southern Elementary School students will watch videos and read about Dr. King to identify character traits and then show evidence to prove their thinking. They will also discuss life lessons that can be learned as well as commonalities of individuals of all races, ages, and geographical location. 


Southern Middle School’s principal, Dr. Reppert, will read words of wisdom from Martin Luther King Jr. and eighth grade students will analyze primary sources from the 1963 March on Washington, including his “I Have a Dream” speech. Students will examine the perspectives of march participants and consider changes they would like to help make in their own communities. 


The Civil Rights Movement and Martin Luther King Jr. are also discussed in English and Social Studies class at Susquehannock High School. They are important parts of the curriculum and allow students the opportunity to learn how this influential man helped shape our country.  


Digital Academy teachers have online presentations and learning activities planned for their students. These include books and videos which will be accessible to students who are learning remotely. 


We hope you will all join us in remembering this great man and his legacy. We are honored to be part of the community and have the opportunity to work with so many incredible people for the continued benefit of Southern York County.